November 20th meeting Laguna Friends of Architecture presents the architecture of Native California Indians

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November 20th meeting Laguna Friends of Architecture presents the architecture of Native California Indians

Come and join architecturally passionate friends for a presentation on the unique California native architecture on Friday, November 20th at 6 o’clock at Studio 12.

When the Spanish first arrived in today’s California there were over sixty tribes throughout the West Coast.  Each had their own traditional cultures and different environmental and climatic factors to deal with. This resulted in a wide assortment of buildings types and styles, based on the local resources of materials available.  

The result is a fascinating array of different creatively built structures that will be shown and discussed by cultural anthropologist, Stephen O’Neil. The presentation will present a review of structures, including residences for nuclear families and lineage groups, sweat lodges, ceremonial structures, granaries and workshop shelters.  The range of materials will also be shown, including brush structures of willow and tule, bark slab lean-tos, cabins of timber, semi- and fully subterranean structures, and open enclosures.

O’Neil also has archaeological experience, mostly on Native American prehistoric sites, but also Spanish, Mexican and American period adobes.  He has published in the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly and many more journals. 

LFA looks forward to seeing you on Friday, November 20th at 6 o’clock at Studio 12 starting with some wine to get you in the mood.

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